Vietnam Mid Autumn is derived from an old story recounts the legend of Cuội, whose wife accidentally urinated on a sacred banyan tree. Soon after desecrating the tree, she sat on one of the tree branches and the sacred tree began to grow and continued until it finally reached the moon, leaving Cuội’s wife stranded there. Every year, during the Mid-Autumn Festival, children light lanterns and participate in a procession to show Cuội’s wife the way back to Earth.
In Vietnam, Mooncakes are typically square rather than round, though round ones do exist. Besides the indigenous tale of the banyan tree, other legends are widely told including the story of the Moon Lady, and the story of the carp who wanted to become a dragon.
One important event before and during the Vietnamese Mid-Autumn Festival are lion dances. Dances are performed by both non-professional children’s groups and trained professional groups. Lion dance groups perform on the streets, going to houses asking for permission to perform for them. If the host consents, the “lion” will come in and start dancing as a blessing of luck and fortune for the home. In return, the host gives luck money to show their gratitude.
The Mid Autumn festival in Vietnam will celebrate from 10th – 15th September (Lunar Calendar).
So you could visit Vietnam to join our most interesting festival. Here are the list of Mid-Autumn Festival date (just for 15th Sep – Lunar Calendar) in Vietnam in next year:
Vietnam Mid Autumn Lunar Calendar
Date of the Mid Autumn festival – 2012: 30/09/2012
Date of the Mid Autumn festival – 2013: 19/09/2013
Date of the Mid Autumn festival – 2014: 08/09/2014
Date of the Mid Autumn festival – 2015: 27/09/2015
Date of the Mid Autumn festival – 2016: 15/09/2016
Date of the Mid Autumn festival – 2017: 04/10/2017
Date of the Mid Autumn festival – 2018: 24/09/2018
Date of the Mid Autumn festival – 2019: 13/09/2019
Date of the Mid Autumn festival – 2020: 01/10/2020